Ever wonder why Type II Diabetes and obesity have been on a meteoric rise since the 1970s?
In fact, this U.S. national health crisis began at the same time we figured out how to make corn syrup sweet – with good reason.
You know it as High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Various farm lobbies would have you believe that high fructose corn syrup is identical to regular sugar – but, as you’ll see, it’s not.
How Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Different From Sugar?
Sucrose is the chemical we think of as common sugar. It is made of glucose and fructose – two sugary molecules – in equal amounts.
High fructose corn syrup has a different make-up. Specifically, it has 10% more fructose. That’s arrived at by a simple formula – regular corn syrup (which is entirely glucose) is processed until it has 90% fructose. The resulting product is mixed with unprocessed corn syrup, until the mixture is 55% fructose, instead of 50%. That may not seem like a lot, but it makes a world of difference.
First, fructose is sweeter than glucose, so high fructose corn syrup is sweeter than regular sugar. However, unlike with most tastes, when the body has something sweet, it craves more, instead of feeling full.
Second, while glucose is processed by a variety of systems within the body, fructose can only be processed by the liver. When the liver fills up with fructose (which is easy to do given the quantities we consume), the liver than releases fats and triglycerides into the blood stream.
In simpler terms – regular sugar is turned into energy, while high fructose corn syrup tips the scales too far towards fructose – resulting in a large increase in the production of fat. That’s why it’s sometimes called the “weight gain multiplier.”
To give you an example – 120 calories of high fructose corn syrup produces 40 calories of fat. 120 calories of regular sugar, by contrast, produces less than a single calorie of fat.
This wouldn’t be so large a problem if high fructose corn syrup was a seldom-seen sweetener. However, it has been pervasively inserted into the Western diet.
Surrounded By The Enemy
Today, high fructose corn syrup can be found in almost every food we eat – certainly anything processed. It’s cheaper than sugar, so has become the industry’s preferred sweetener. It acts as a preservative, so you’ll find it in meats and bread. And the supply of high fructose corn syrup is virtually limitless, thanks to government subsidies to corn farmers – so corn syrup is an ‘ideal’ filler in just about everything. Plenty of food we don’t think of as sweet – like sliced turkey or crackers – is filled to the brim with high fructose corn syrup.
If you decide to have a ‘healthy’ lunch of PBJ, odds are great that each ingredient will contain high fructose corn syrup. In fact, a recent study of 1,400 middle school students found that fully 1/3 of their daily calories came from added sugar! That doesn’t include natural sugars found in fruits or vegetables – just the things we add to our food.
Perhaps the greatest culprit is soda, which has about ten teaspoons of sugar in it – that’s 100% of your daily recommended allowance. It’s enough sugar at once that the sweetness would cause us to vomit, if it weren’t cut by phosphoric acid.
Sadly, artificial sweeteners can’t really solve the problem – because, as mentioned above, the sweetness itself causes us to crave more food. Further, artificial sweeteners play havoc with our metabolism, and may cause all sorts of other problems like inflammation, cell membrane toxicity, and insulin resistance.
The only true solution is to have a diet rich in natural, real foods, free of processing. At GOLO, we’ve created just such a meal plan – one that will help free people from the risks of high fructose corn syrup, while contributing to overall health, nutrition, and fitness at the same time. Best of all, this diet simply tastes better than the oversaturated products we’ve been fed the last few decades. Click here to learn more about the GOLO program, and how you can try it 100% risk-free.